Fri. Feb 16th, 2024

Chapter 5

 

Lily’s POV

 

“Is he gone?” Carmen, my personal

 

assistant/nanny asked. She hid in my

 

bedroom the whole time Xander Valiente

 

was in the house.

 

“I guess so.”

 

The front door opened and my personal

 

driver/bodyguard, Eduardo rushed in.

 

Carmen and I jerked up.

 

“You scare the hell out of us, Eduardo!”

 

Carmen yelled.

 

“I’m sorry. I came in to tell you that he

 

already left.” Eduardo replied.

 

Carmen heaved a sigh. “That’s good. Okay, help us pack all these things, Eduardo. We need to hurry up. He might come back.” “I don’t think he’ll come back.” I told

 

them.

 

“We can’t be sure. Men like that don’t easily give up.” Carmen opened the boxes and loaded some stuffs inside.

 

I shrugged my shoulders and sat at the

 

corner of the room, on the floor. I

 

couldn’t get his image out of my mind.

 

His presence was so unnerving that my

 

body was still shaking. I found him very

 

disturbing.

 

“Are you okay?” Carmen asked.

 

I was not okay. I wanted to cry… to pour

 

my heart out. But I didn’t want to break

 

down. Not now. Not again.

 

“Oh dear.” Carmen put down the books

 

and walked towards me.

 

“I’m really fine. No need to worry. I… I’m

 

okay. I’m just tired.” I stood up and

 

rubbed my temple.

 

“Are you sure?” Carmen sounded so

 

concern again.

 

“Yeah.” I said then headed to my

 

bedroom. I continued packing my clothes

 

and shoes in my luggage. I finished

 

immediately since there were just a few

 

stuff to pack.

 

I changed my clothes into thick black jeggings and V-neck white merino sweater. Then I grabbed my tan faux shearling jacket. It was July and the peak of winter to the place we were heading.

 

I yawned. I was so sleepy, but we had to

 

get going. I could sleep later.

 

I went back to the living room, all set and

 

ready to go. The boxes were already

 

sealed. It contained some of my pictures,

 

books, magazines, collections and other.

 

“Can I keep this as a souvenir?” Eduardo

 

held a picture frame. It was a picture of

 

me with him and Carmen in the beach. It

 

was taken about six months ago.

 

“Of course, you can keep it Eduardo.” I said. He wouldn’t be coming with us and it was really sad leaving him. I was used having him as my driver and bodyguard. “Thank you miss.”

 

“We have to go now. We have a long flight ahead of us.” Carmen said. Twenty minutes later ***

 

“Oh God. I forgot your passport.” Carmen said in a panic. We were already halfway to the airport when she remembered it. “Where did you put it?”

 

“I guess it’s on the dining table when I

 

grabbed some water.” She said then

 

checked the time in her wristwatch. “I’m

 

sorry. We need to go back to the

 

apartment.”

 

Xander’s POV

 

I can’t get her out of my mind.

 

I was inside my private plane, feeling so confused. I was holding a glass of whiskey

 

and staring at nothing.

 

“We’re leaving in fifteen minutes Mr. Valiente.” My pilot said then walked away after I acknowledged him with a nod. My phone suddenly rang. It was Mr.

 

Hayes. The private investigator.

 

I called him awhile ago that he got the

 

wrong girl. But he still insisted that Lily

 

was Mia.

 

“I can’t talk to you now. We’re leaving in a few minutes.”

 

“Mr. Valiente, just give me a minute. I

 

sent you a picture in your email. Please

 

check on it.”

 

“Enough about this already. Lily is not

 

Mia.” I drawled frustratedly.

 

“I can prove to you that she is Mia.

 

Please. Open your email.”

 

I took my phone and opened my email.

 

The picture took me by surprise. It was

 

Mia wearing her favorite black dress. Beside her was the woman I saw in the picture awhile ago, at Lily’s living room – Lily’s mother.

 

“You’ve seen the picture?”

 

“Yes.” I replied.

 

“That woman beside her… Is that the

 

same woman that Lily said her mother?”

 

“Yes.”

 

“HA-HA! She lied to you Mr. Valiente.

 

That’s Carmen Vega. Her personal

 

assistant and nanny. That picture was

 

taken a year ago, when Mia started her

 

modelling career. I got the picture from

 

her fellow model.”

 

I stared at the picture with total disbelief.

 

I was numb with increasing rage and

 

shock.

 

Damn it. She fooled me!

 

***

 

She’s gone.

 

I didn’t have a choice but to break the

 

front door of the apartment. I was

 

banging it for half an hour and nobody

 

answered.

 

When I entered the house, the boxes in

 

the corner were gone. I checked her room

 

and her wardrobe, her clothes were all

 

gone.

 

I went to her bathroom and saw an empty

 

box of ash blond hair color cream.

 

I was restless. I tried to figure out where she went. She said she was moving to that telenovela actor’s house.

 

DAMMIT! I wouldn’t allow that now.

 

I went back to the living room and looked around. The picture frame was gone. I inhaled deeply, easing my nerves. How could you do this to me, Mia.

 

I took my phone and called Mr. Hayes. I wanted him to check where the hell that telenovela actor lived. I have to get Mia, by any means necessary. I would fight for her and wouldn’t stop until I have her back.

 

I was about to turn to go when something caught my eye – a board backed envelope on top of the dining table. I stopped.

 

I looked at it intently. Maybe it was just

 

an empty envelope. I strode towards the

 

front door, aiming to find Mia as soon as

 

possible.

 

When I opened the door, I stopped again.

 

I was really disturbed. My mind wouldn’t

 

rest until I’ll get hold of that envelope.

 

I closed the door and walked towards the

 

dining table. I took the envelope and

 

opened it in a hurry.

 

Inside was a black colored passport. I

 

opened it and stared at the picture.

 

Just in time, the front door opened. A

 

woman came in and said.

 

“Let me explain.”

 

.

 

 

 

RUNAWAY FIANCÉE

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